What would it be like to have no voice of your own? VoiceID technology is an amazing leap!

Some say the human voice is like the fingerprint of the soul, yet many people in the world have no voice due to medical or neurological conditions.

Luckily, a great bit of technology existed for decades called the synthetic voice, which affords voiceless folks the ability to communicate more easily with the world The world-famous physicist Stephen Hawking has been the poster boy for the original synthetic voice.

Image: letters coming from a childs mouth

Source: New Atlas

Chances are even if you aren’t familiar with Hawking’s fame by name, you’ll probably recognize his “voice” if you listen to the man talk for a few seconds. (Check out a little bit of his TED Talk, if you need a refresher on his voice, or a great insight into questioning the universe.)

While it’s fabulous for voiceless people to be given a better chance at verbal communication, unfortunately, until recently, the same voice as been used by every 10-year-old girl, 75-year-old man, and anyone in between who could not speak for themselves.

Imagine being at a conference of sorts specifically for people who cannot speak! All conversations would be in a single, synthesized tone, no matter the age or gender of the speakers! It would sound surreal (and maybe a bit irritating from the voiceless person’s perspective).

The problem is made even more curious by the fact that all around us nowadays, lovely, less-robotic/more-individualized synthetic voices are becoming a part of everyday life: we’re constantly bombarded with soothing voices on our GPS systems, floor notifications in elevators, or when we’re conversing with Apple’s Siri, just to name a few.

Why would pleasant voices be reserved for such gadgets?

Rupal Patel – Aiming to Make Voices “As Unique As Fingerprints”

It seems researcher Rupal Patel thought that very same thing about synthesized voices and their lacking quality, then took it a step further. She wondered: “what if we could make synthesized voices tailored to the user? Moreover… what if we made synthesized voices that were so specific to the user… they were almost like fingerprints?” Let’s take a look…

Via: TED 1

Want to learn more about Rupal Patel’s VoiceID Technology

We found another video from the Huffington Post regarding the new technology that could give the Stephen Hawkings of the world a chance to sound more like themselves, however unfortunately the video doesn’t want to play on our site… sorry about that! However we think it’s good enough to watch, so click here to jump to the HuffingtonPost.com2 and check it out!

Take action and donate your voice today!

If you or someone you know is in need of a more unique synthesized voice or you just want to help in some way, learn more on the Huffington Post article Cutting-edge Tech Gives a Synthetic Voice to the Voiceless by clicking here, or learn how you can donate your own voice to someone in need in the Smithsonian Magazine’s article You Can Now Donate Your Voice to Someone Who Can’t Speak by clicking here.

Stay open, curious and hopeful!

~ Dr. Lynda Ulrich

Thanks for stopping by Ever Widening Circles!

We are a new, ad-free place on the web where you can always find carefully fact-checked articles that prove this is still an amazing world! Stop by for our daily articles that may put a spring in your step. Share our content! Expand the world by changing the dialogue!

We have more than 600 articles here that prove this is still an amazing world!

Looking to see a few more articles?

Scroll to the bottom of this page to see a few more related to the one you just read, or head to our homepage and scroll down through many of the most recent to get a feel for the wonder and variety you’ll find here. If you’d like to leave the choice up to fate, there’s a nifty little “Surprise Me” button in the side bar that will bring a randomly selected article straight to your screen!

Notes:

  1. Patel, RuPal. “Synthetic Voices, as Unique Fingerprints.” TED. TEDWomen, Dec. 2013. Web. 18 Jan. 2015. <http://www.ted.com/talks/rupal_patel_synthetic_voices_as_unique_as_fingerprints?share=14efe1b952>.

Dr. Lynda is a dentist, artist, global traveler, and philanthropist who looks for potential and shares it with the world.